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Comment Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 553

This. I've been writing code for 20+ years, in several languages. Could I write the b-tree piece they asked for after 20+ hours of likely no sleep, from the top of my head? Probably not. If I had to solve the b-tree problem as part of something I work on, I'd not even think to roll my own, I'd look at existing implementations and most likely find a library, where someone much closer to the problem as already solved it properly. Also, this exercise assumes they have someone on hand that would be able to evaluate the solution without bias.

Comment paying customers, beta testing (Score 2) 128

Just like Microsoft did in the 90's and 00's (and possibly still does now), Apple now uses paying customers to do the last round of testing for them. After they purchase the iGadgets. The recent MBP/iPhone port removal shenanigans will sure keep me riding my hardware to their last breath.

Submission + - How ITT Tech Screwed Students and Made Millions (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This is a grim story about a company that screwed poor people, military veterans, and taxpayers to turn a profit. It includes shocking details about the inner-working of the for-profit college including stuff like this:

"ITT recruiters even manipulated prospective students using pain-based sales techniques. Recruiters used a sales strategy called the “Pain Funnel” that encouraged them to ask progressively more hurtful questions to get prospective students to enroll in the school."

Submission + - Accenture Wants A Blockchain Editing Tool

Mickeycaskill writes: One of the core principles of Blockchain technology has potentially been undermined by the creation of an editing tool.

The company responsible however, Accenture, says edits would only be carried out “under extraordinary circumstances to resolve human errors, accommodate legal and regulatory requirements, and address mischief and other issues, while preserving key cryptographic features.”

Because Blockchain is effectively run by a network of unrelated computers, it produces a permanent ledger of transactions with which no one can tamper. Until now.

Accenture’s move to create an editing system will no doubt be viewed by some technology observers as a betrayal of what blockchain technology is all about. But the company insisted it is needed, especially in the financial services industry.

“The prototype represents a significant breakthrough for enterprise uses of blockchain technology particularly in banking, insurance and capital markets,” said Accenture.

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